BASIC FACTS ABOUT HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
Tension headaches are the most common headaches, affecting about 22 out of every 100 people followed by migraine headaches which affect 12 out of 100 people. Most of these headaches are not dangerous and about 5 out of 100 people who seek emergency treatment for headaches have a serious underlying cause. Headaches are grouped into primary or secondary types. Primary headaches are benign, recurrent headaches not caused by underlying disease. For example, migraine is a type of primary headache. While primary headaches may cause significant daily pain and disability, they are not dangerous. 90% of all headaches are primary headaches. Secondary headaches are caused by an underlying disease, like an infection, head injury, vascular disorders, brain bleed or cancer. Secondary headaches can be harmless or dangerous.
MOST COMMON CAUSES OF HEADACHES
• having a cold or the flu
• drinking too much alcohol
• bad posture
• eyesight problems
• not eating regular meals
• not drinking enough fluids (dehydration)
• taking too many painkillers
• women having their period or menopause
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MIGRAINE?
• moderate to severe pain
• duration of 4 hours to 3 days
• periodic occurrence; several per month to several per year
• located on one or both sides of head
• pulsating or throbbing pain
• nausea, perhaps with vomiting
• sensitivity to movement, light, and noise
• may exist with tension headache
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF TENSION HEADACHE?
• mild to moderate dull or aching pain
• duration of 30 minutes to several hours
• located as tightness or pressure across head
• no nausea or vomiting
• no aura
• uncommonly, light sensitivity or noise sensitivity
WHAT CAN I BUY ONLINE TO STOP MY HEADACHE?
Paracetamol is classified as a mild analgesic. Paracetamol is generally safe at recommended doses. Paracetamol is used to treat headaches and most non-nerve pains. Two 500mg tablets of paracetamol up to 4 times a day is a safe dose for adults (never take more than 8 tablets in a 24-hour period). Overdosing on paracetamol can cause serious side effects, so do not be tempted to increase the dose if your pain is severe. If the pain lasts for more than 3 days, see your Doctor/Physician.
These pills are effective for headaches. The daily dosage varies from 600mg to 1200mg in divided doses. The maximum total daily dose is 2400mg. The dosage for children with juvenile chronic arthritis is 20mg per kilogram body weight. The maximum is 40mg/kg in divided doses. Doses should be reduced in the elderly, people with heart problems, liver problems and kidney problems.
The daily dosage varies from 500mg to 1000mg in divided doses. The starting dose is 500mg and then 250mg every 8 hours. Children over 5 years use 5mg/kg twice daily.
SOOTHING TEAS FOR RELIEF OF HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
The warmth and comfort of a steaming cup of herbal tea makes it an excellent way to wind down at night. Those same soothing qualities can have pain-relieving effects. Favorites for relaxation include chamomile, ginger, and dandelion.
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PHYTOTHERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
Iris vers for blurring of vision before the onset of headache, vomiting or when the scalp feels tight. Nat. mur for throbbing burning headache. Sanguinara for right side headache which starts at the back. Spigelia for left side headache made worse by bending or movement. Feverfew is a flowering plant that has anti-inflammatory properties. Taking feverfew supplements in doses of 100 mg per day may reduce headache frequency. Butterbur root comes from a perennial shrub native to Germany and, like feverfew, has anti-inflammatory effects. Taking butterbur supplements in doses of 100 mg per day may reduce headache frequency. Click on the links below to view individual products.
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MAGNESIUM THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
Magnesium is an important mineral necessary for countless functions in the body, including blood sugar control and nerve transmission. Magnesium is a safe, effective remedy for headaches. Magnesium deficiency is more common in people who get frequent migraine headaches, compared to those who don’t. Treatment with 600 mg of oral magnesium citrate per day helped reduce both the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.
VITAMIN B THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
B vitamins are a group of water-soluble micronutrients that play many important roles in the body. They contribute to neurotransmitter synthesis and help turn food into energy. Some B vitamins may have a protective effect against headaches. B-complex vitamins contain all eight of the B vitamins and are a safe, cost-effective way to naturally treat headache symptoms.
COENZYME Q10 THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance produced naturally by the body that helps turn food into energy and functions as a powerful antioxidant.
CAFFEINE THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
Sipping on beverages that contain caffeine, such as tea or coffee, may provide relief when you are experiencing a headache. Caffeine improves mood, increases alertness and constricts blood vessels, all of which can have a positive effect on headache symptoms. It also helps increase the effectiveness of common medications used to treat headaches, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. However, caffeine withdrawal has also been shown to cause headaches if a person regularly consumes large amounts of caffeine and suddenly stops.
ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
If you’re looking for a natural way to treat chronic headaches, acupuncture may be a worthwhile choice. Acupuncture is a technique of Traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting thin needles into the skin to stimulate specific points on the body. It has been shown to reduce headache frequency and severity.
YOGA THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
Practicing yoga is an excellent way to relieve stress, increase flexibility, decrease pain and improve your overall quality of life. Taking up yoga may even help reduce the intensity and frequency of your headaches. There are guides available online for home use.
PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
Exercise induces release of endorphins by your body. These are the body’s natural pain killers. Exercising at least three times a week for 30 minutes can help relieve stress and tension that may otherwise trigger backache and joint pains. Even if you’re short on time, breaking up exercise sessions into 15-minute sessions can help. Exercise regularly.
MASSAGE THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
Massages may seem luxurious, but they’re also incredibly therapeutic. Sometimes headaches result from tension in the upper body due to muscle strain from poor posture or a rigorous workout routine. Massage therapy may be able to reduce chronic pain as well as ease muscle tension that causes headaches.
HEAT THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
For muscle tension headaches, hot and/or cold compresses can offer relief. For the cold portion, place ice in a plastic bag covered with a thin cloth to avoid harming your skin. Place the ice pack on your forehead and/or cheeks, basically wherever the greatest source of pain is. Limit cold pack applications to no more than 10 minutes at a time. For the hot portion, you can purchase a heat pack online. When needed, microwave the heating pack for one minute. Apply to the back of your neck or forehead for heated relief.
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MAGNETIC THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
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HYDRATION THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
Dehydration can contribute to a headache, but it can be easily avoided. Using a glass of water can help as much as an electrolyte-containing beverage such as Powerade. Drinking too much coffee or too many caffeine-filled soft drinks can lead to headaches. Alcohol, and particularly red wine, can also lead to dehydration that triggers headaches.
HYPNOTHERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
Useful for relaxation and positive energy required to reduce stress and pain. The effects of self-hypnosis on chronic pain are roughly comparable to those of progressive muscle relaxation. Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, pain and increasing peace, perception, self-concept and well-being. You must start with breathing exercise and then hypnotherapy. Find a quiet place with a comfortable chair in your home, office, or other location where you will not be distracted. Take slow, rhythmic breaths, breathing in for five seconds then out for five seconds. As you relax, your muscle tightness reduces. Also try a progressive relaxation technique by focusing on each major muscle group in your body. Start from your toes and work your way up. If this self-help technique does not assist, then purchase a meditation or self-hypnosis DVD
SLEEP THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
Go to bed and wake up at regular times. Even if you just go to bed 15 minutes earlier or sleep 15 minutes later, this can be a step in the right direction. Avoid stimulants in the hours before bed. Stimulants like alcohol, sugar, nicotine, and caffeine can keep you from sleeping and keep you up at night with trips to the bathroom.
See a doctor if:
• your headache keeps coming back
• painkillers do not help and your headache gets worse
• you have a bad throbbing pain at the front or side of your head – this could be a migraine or, more rarely, a cluster headache
• you feel sick, vomit and find light or noise painful
• you get other symptoms – for example, your arms or legs feel numb or weak
• If you injured your head badly – for example, from a fall or accident
• the headache came on suddenly and is extremely painful
• You have an extremely painful headache and sudden problems speaking or remembering things or loss of vision.
• You’re feeling drowsy or confused.
• You have a very high temperature, feel hot and shivery, and have a stiff neck or a rash
ACUPRESSURE THERAPY FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
Pressure point LI-4, also called Hegu, is located between the base of your thumb and index finger. Do acupressure on this point to relieve pain and headaches. Using your right thumb and index finger, find the space on your left hand between the base of your left thumb and index finger. Press down on this point for 5 minutes. Use a circular motion. Be firm, but don’t press so hard that it hurts. Repeat the process on your right hand. You can perform acupressure several times a day, or as often as needed for your symptoms to go away. The alternative is to buy a handheld massager for use at home or work.
PREVENTION OF HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE
AVOID STRONG SMELLS
Strong odors like those from perfumes and cleaning products can cause certain individuals to develop headaches. If you think you may be sensitive to smells, avoiding perfumes, cigarette smoke and strongly scented foods may help decrease your chance of getting a migraine LIMIT ALCOHOL
While having an alcoholic drink may not cause a headache in most people, studies have shown that alcohol can trigger migraines in about one-third of those who experience frequent headaches. Alcohol has also been shown to cause tension and cluster headaches in many people. It’s a vasodilator, meaning it widens blood vessels and allows blood to flow more freely. Vasodilation may cause headaches in some people. Alcohol also acts as a diuretic, causing the body to lose fluid and electrolytes through frequent urination. This fluid loss can lead to dehydration, which can cause or worsen headaches. AVOID TRIGGER FOODS
Certain foods contribute to headaches. If you identify a particular trigger, avoid it for some time and see if the headaches reduce. Possible problem foods include caffeine-containing foods and beverages, monosodium glutamate-containing foods, nitrate-containing foods and tyramine-containing foods. Tyramine is a compound produced by the breakdown of an amino acid called tyrosine, and it’s found in foods like pizza and aged cheeses.
Published by an experienced medical doctor.
Dr BA Mabaso, MB ChB, MPhil, MBA, DHSM
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